Psychology (Applied)

BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3

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Applied Psychology, BTEC (2016) Level 3 National Extended Certificate AF-PSYC3T-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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In the first year of the course, you will study a range of psychological approaches and their applications to real life situations (assessed externally). You will explore four key approaches in Psychology (social, cognitive, learning and biological) and apply these approaches to issues relevant to contemporary society. You will also learn how to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in the scientific process and in psychological research methodology through your own psychological research project. This will improve your employability skills and help you see the practical implications of your findings. In the second year of the course, you will learn about Health Psychology (assessed externally) and Applied Sport Psychology.

Five GCSEs at grade 9–4, including English Language & Mathematics. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. You should have achieved a grade 4 or 4/4 in Science GCSE.

On this two year course at HSDC Alton, you will study the following units:

  • Unit 1 – Psychological Approaches and Applications
  • Unit 2 – Conducting Psychological Research
  • Unit 3 – Health Psychology
  • Unit 7 – Applied Sport Psychology

Units 1 and 3 are assessed by examination. Units 2 and 7 are assessed by completing assignments. The assignments combine individual research and taught theory and are based on realistic situations.

42% coursework and 58% exam based.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Psychology, awarded after successful completion of one year, carries a maximum of 28 UCAS points.

You must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC National Certificate and the full two years of the course to receive the full BTEC National Extended Certificate.

The cost for trips will be approximately £25.

This course could lead to careers in sports psychology, occupational health and child psychology.

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

You’re here to learn and you want to learn, and the lecturers make it fun. You don’t have to come to college but you want to come to college.

Natalie Thorpe, A Level student